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on both transportation and housing -- of their income on both transportation and housing. what does that say about what the region is going to look like if you're talking about low- income families having to spend close to 90% of their income on those two things? and i do think that we need to get more communication between planning department folks and folks who are working on transportation. thank you. supervisor farrell: thank you. i think supervisor campos asked all the questions that i think are relevant. but we have eight -- we had a chance to speak before and i want to echo what supervisor campos said. one of my main priority is is that community input into the planning process. and i do think, in my year at the board of supervisors, i have seen that taking a back seat a lot of times with committee members being super frustrated with what is happening.
i would love to see ways to continue to give all that and make it better over time. look forward to working with you on that. thank you for all your work and for being here today. >> thank you. supervisor kim: and supervisor campos did go over some of the issues around incorporating neighborhood and community input and concerns. i was hoping you could speak a little bit about your own experience working as a community planner and how you feel that expertise and background will help guide you in the process is a planning commissioner? >> i think having to go from the actual community planning side, you understand sort of how difficult it is to translate the language. not just literally translates from one language to another, but trends with the jargon and the way the planning code is written into a way that is understandable for people. i think that experience and then also getting to know folks on
the ground in the neighborhood and understanding needs from their point of view has been really important. and being aboard a ship the process, whether through workshops are some other format, being able to shape is so they can get input that matters and input that can be heard. i think it has helped reshape a number of priorities around inclusion in the process, but also at around how we find creative solutions. how do we do development without displacement? how do we think about what the city needs, but then how do we recognize the people living in neighborhoods right now? supervisor kim: i appreciate that. i also appreciated your comments about how we translate the planning code in the community. i think it is pour your thinking about that. it is complicated, but it impacts the lives of people in our neighborhoods. most of the questions i were going to ask have been asked by supervisor campos. i want to recognize that commissioner moore is with us
today. i did see supervisor olague walked into the room. this seat is to replace her on the planning commission. at this time, we will open it up for public comment. i have some name cards. pleased lineup after the speakers if you would like to speak on behalf of ms. wu. cordnic lee, patrick valentino, brad paul, abby trent, and gail gilman. and please let up after these speakers that you would like to speak on item number three. you have two minutes. >> good afternoon. i currently work at the employees' support specialist with urban strategies and non- profit that supports a disadvantaged population to increase their capacity to earn money and contribute to their communities.
i first met cindy last year through leadership san francisco, where we quickly became colleagues and friends. i wanted to say that in the 13 years i have committed myself and my own career in doing transformational change work, particularly with disadvantaged communities and communities that it disconnected from governance processes and being able to help support them in having a voice, i thing this opportunity for cindy wu is a great one for her because of her commitment to reaching out to those same populations and understanding that a lot of what the disconnected populations in san francisco have to deal with in terms of their income and capacity to access resources greatly impacts their ability to be productive and be present in a lot of our governing process is in san francisco. i think one of her priorities and one of her strengths is having the capacity to take a
lot of the jargon and break it down to parts that are very engaging to people. and she has the capacity to be about to teach that to others. i think it would have a great influence on the committee. [bell rings] i also wanted to say that i think, in addition to her commitment, she is also willing to take on the extra work. through working with her through the education committee with the leaders of san francisco, i got to know and hear a lot of her perspectives about just what san francisco needs in terms of really finding ways to engage in the spectrum of people who live here. not just making it a world-class city for people who have the resources to live well but also for people who are disconnected. i think it went over my time but i am sorry. supervisor kim: thank you. >> good afternoon. i am an attorney here in san
francisco. i have gotten to know cindy wu through leadership san francisco, participating with her since september 2010, and the central subway task force. i have learned several things about cindy during that time. she is a top tier professional in every sense of the word. a very thoughtful team player. in terms of the testimony here today, i have learned something already. she is incredibly bright, but also warm and even-tempered. she is very good balancing conflicting interests. so i am very excited to be supportive of her. she is in deep domain expertise and the subject matters that will come before her. i voiced support to her appointment to the san francisco planning commission. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. >> thank you for the opportunity to speak. i am from the chinese culture cent -- foundation of san
francisco, representing the chinese culture foundation to support the appointment of cindy wu as the planning commissioner. many people already know the great work cindy has done in the past decade. however, today i want to talk about our work ourccdc, especially how we work with cindy. our organizations have collaborated closely on chinatown's public arts program. arts in store from, central soya, a nickel project. in this process, cindy is always there. not only has she been a strong advocate in a team player, but her inside, expertise, knowledge of public policy, particularly the understanding of the nuanced cultural, economic issues always provides a valuable resources and leadership in our collaboration. with our work by manalich and will immigrants to establish artists to youth in the committee mentored by the artists, together we're making a
difference storefront by store from, block by block, and utilize our dozen engine to revitalize the economy and the vibrancy of the neighborhood. i want to reiterate our strong support of cindy's appointment. we look forward to continuing to work with her, to build and energize the city of san francisco through art and cultural innovations. supervisor kim: thank you. >> commissioner moore is in an intense discussion. supervisor kim: she can always get the line. i apologize commissioner. i would have called you earlier. you are always welcome. >> thank you, supervisors. colleagues, i would like to add my voice, support for appointing cindy wu to the planning commission. it is not only cindy's educational background, but it
is her professional qualifications that make her an ideal candidate for the commission. i am saying that partially because, although a few years ahead of her in age and experience, that greatly contributes to the solid understanding of the issues involved, and creating essentials bridges between us and the public. i see cindy and her qualifications. i see a sensitive person. i see a big idea person data that helps a lot, particularly in response to your question. it is not just what we struggle with peter it is courageous large, overarching ideas. responding with consistency and larger feedback in terms of all the feedback of the committee in terms of policy and changes. what i like about cindy, i have observed are in small and in
larger meetings, she listens. an extremely important attribute in the position of the commissioner, and she operates within the public discussion. being a commissioner, it is not only what you think that what you feel, but it is really what you hear and what you're extract is being those issues that need to guide you. i find her decisionmaking balanced, and i see her as a skilled person. that is extremely important for me. i saw her last summer in the chinatown urban institute, which she invited me to be, like, a final observer in the building ceremonies. and i observed her impact on people who are understanding, civic engagement, planning, and civic engagement of a larger scale, which we will be involved in. i support her appointment and give considerations. supervisor kim: commissioner,
thank you so much for taking the time to be here. thank you for your service. thank you for being here. >> madam chair, supervisors, my name is brad paul, and i have been involved in housing and land use issues i think since 1974. i have sat through hundreds of hours of hearings and i have seen good commissioners, a pretty good commissioners, and not so good commissioners but i am excited to be here to support center. three reasons. akron, temperament, and age. she's too modest to say this, but she went to the two best planning school play in the country. she has also been meeting for the last four years ccdc's amazing planning program, one of the best in the contributor that not only do planning to do organizing, and a development. they know what it takes to build large projects. in terms of her temperament, you have heard of thoughtful she is, her experience, and what a good listener she is. today when planning commissioner
antonini was thinking departing commissioner olague, he said that even though they often disagree, she was opened -- she was open to other people's ideas, and that described as india's low. finally, her age. so part of a different generation of people involved. in our 50's and 60's. it is great to see people in their 20's, 30's, and 40's taking up this cause. cindy and the people behind me from these groups are committed, as several of you have suggested, to making sure that residents in your communities have the tools they need to have a real voice. and land use decisions, to determine who gets to live in the neighborhood and who does not. i think she would make an excellent commissioner. she will work with your residence in your needs in your neighborhoods and make you proud. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. >> good afternoon, rules
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of community housing partnership headed as we here to express our support for cindy wu to the planning commission to the city has worked tirelessly with individuals and groups that have been disenfranchised, who have not had a voice at the table when it comes to regional planning. she has done this in communities such as the mission in chinatown where we have some of the most recent developments taking place and displacement affecting our communities. community has partnered with her and ccdc to bring to the table voices of individuals who are not normally heard videos are also given to speak to you as a d3 resident and someone who is a member of the neighborhood association. the outreach she has done to make sure that when issues affecting district 3, that all those voices come together, not just those from chinatown but those from the paul street corridor and the north beach neighbors, which are sometimes constituents who do not see eye to eye. cindy has had the talent for listening to those concerns and bringing together a plan that is beneficial to the whole community.
we urge the rules committee to unanimously center for to the board, and we're excited to be working with her and watching her brought on a planning commission. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. >> good afternoon. yes the with laborers local 261. i am giving on behalf on our membership for the appointment, in support of the appointment of cindy. we're in support of her apartment for the planning commission encourage you to do the same. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. kevin chang. >> good afternoon, commissioners, supervisors. i am an organizer, and i am a lifelong resident of the excelsior district and a longtime organizer in the mission district.
you know, i am wholeheartedly support on the planning commission. i think a lot of folks that came before me expressed her talent, her spectrum of abilities and experience. me, as an organizer, focus on the eastern side of the city. along with our allies, we forward you a letter on behalf of a dozen organizations representing the east side, from a filipino committees to latin base to mean it published amenities, african-american, the working class of the city. we really wanted to make sure that there is a place there that on the planning commission, many times our issues have fallen on deaf ears. port christina olague, having to hold up that way in hold the line on that. it has always been successful, and these are huge, huge shoes to fill. i thing cindy wu is going to do
an excellent, excellent job. and i had the personal experience last year of working alongside her and changing some of the practices of the planning department in how they engage communities of color. you know, from little things like translation to leaving cultural competency, had great discussions with staff. [bell rings] and hopefully we are on the road to changing the practice. another thing is just people seeing that there is this young person, a person of color on the planning commission, especially for folks trying to hold on to the city and feel the government does not listen, to see somebody that looks like them, talks like them, has the experience that they do. it means a lot. we have a long way to go the planning commission. we're hoping we get an eastern side representative when the mayor has to appoint someone in june. i support her appointment. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you, mr.grande. >> my name is kevin chang, a lifelong resident of san
francisco. if such a direct beneficiary of many of the programs that cindy wu has participated in. as someone who is a small business owner, who has invested and hired in san francisco in the real-estate industry, i see a different side of cindy wu. someone who can reach out to other aspects of the community. i engage with activists, people who build and hire an investment san francisco. that part of the community needs to be able to also be present at the planning commission. cindy wu has kept her door open, has kept her mind open. more importantly, has listened critically to the issues that are shared by many said franciscans because of that, i think she brings that crucial perspective that allows her to not only see what she can do with the neighborhood but what she can do with people who participate with the neighborhood. that is very important, and i think she would be perfect on the planning commission. a voice that will be for all san francisco. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you.
i also see that commissioner fong is here. i believe the planning commission is going on currently. >> thank you. i will be very quick. i want to speak in favor of cindy wu. my dealings with her in the recent history have been great. i think she is compassionate. she brings technical expertise. sitting on the planning commission for a year-and-a-half now would probably several hundred hours on my belt, she is a combination of technical expertise as well as a profession. i strongly support her. supervisor kim: thank you, and thank you for making the time to come down here during your meeting. >> that afternoon. mr. with the council of committee housing organizations. a letter was alluded to earlier. i want to read a couple experts -- exurbs. several organizations signed on to this. it was given to president david
chiu. in the middle of the letter, assistive the critical that the planning commission include a member that believes working class and people of color participating in urban planning and development policy-making are fundamental. someone who recognizes the vulnerability of our neighborhoods to speculative development and someone who will make a credible policy decisions that stabilize working immigrants and families and abilities to live, work, and thrive in san francisco. without question, i think that cindy wu fulfills that values statement, if you would, and i am happy to see you considering her. i think all of the members of the rules committee can appreciate cindy and many of us to work with and i and low- income and working-class communities, that is a real struggle. having that voice and the commission is an essential part of the dialogue. highly recommended. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. >> hello. i am -- i currently serve on
the van ness and brt. i served on boards and the yerba buena cvt and in my neighborhood. i understand how the commissioner on this planning commission affects the quality of life of people like me who live in san francisco, as well as the community. i also understand how land use policy is necessary to deal with the impending ecological disasters. i know ms. wu, of her background. for advocacy on behalf of the committee and for her deep knowledge in all of the important issues. personally, i cannot think of any more qualified person to represent my needs as well as the community needs. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. is there any other public comment on item number three?
public comment is now closed. colleagues, is there any discussion? we do currently have a motion. the motion is to approve or reject the president of the board of supervisors nomination of cindy wu. so we do need to make an amendment to that motion . supervisor farrell: i would like to amended to approve ms. wu to the planning commission and send it to the full board. supervisor kim: thank you. we have a motion to approve the nomination of cindy wu to the planning commission. we can do that without opposition. prior to us finalizing that motion, i want to thank cindy for your service to the community over the past a number of years. in chinatown and the overall city, it has been a pleasure to watch you and the amazing
community outreach and planning work you have done two while we work for the same organization, we did not overlap. i did not work with you in that capacity, but i am very excited about you serving our city at this level. it is an incredible amount of work and dedication, so we appreciate your service in advance. supervisor campos: thank you. let me simply note that i am happy to be supportive of the motion, and i was very impressed with ms. wu. the fact that so many people came out and spoke on her behalf illustrates the level of support that she has and respect that she has. i personally was not so sure about the uc berkeley thing. [laughter] but i can deal -- supervisor kim: or mit. [laughter] supervisor campos: but i can deal with that. i do want to think -- thank ms.
wu for service. we have heard from many committees, including lgbt about that community being represented on the planning commission. i think that is an important goal, and i think that is sending that can happen with future appointments. but i think that this is a very smart appointment and look forward to working with ms. wu. supervisor kim: i agree with supervisor campos. i look forward to seeing a latino/latina and lgbt individuals. we will work with the mayor's office to look for an individual that represents the community. we have this motion. we can do that without opposition. to what. to what to all the members of the committee that came out. -- thank you to all the members who came out. [applause] >> item number four, motion approving/rejecting the president of the board of
supervisors, supervisor david chiu's nomination of arcelia hurtado to the board of appeals for the term ending july 1, 2012. supervisor kim: thank you. arcelia hurtado is here today. speak briefly about your background and expertise and interest on serving on the board of appeals. >> good afternoon. thank you for taking the time to invite me to introduce myself to you. i will keep my comments brief. my name is arcelia hurtado, and i currently serviced the executive director of equal rights advocates, which is a national women's rights organization based here in san francisco. not to add insult to your -- add uncertainty to your decision, but i also attended uc berkeley, where i got my an undergraduate and law degrees. i have been an attorney for 15 years and have dedicated my entire career to public service
here in the city and county of san francisco. i worked for several years for the san francisco public defender's office, where i represented indigent residents of this city and county in criminal proceedings, and also represented people on death row for the state of california based here in san francisco. i have volunteered my time as well, serving on various boards, nonprofits, and professional organizations here in san francisco. my interest in serving on the board of appeals stems from a deeply-ingrained belief that everyone is entitled to due process and has the right to be heard and has the right to a fair dispute resolution process. i believe that i can bring a unique perspective, qualifications, and professional experience to benefit the work of the board of appeals. i am truly intrigued by the area of issues that the court of
appeals handles. and i think that i would add a unique perspective to that decision making process. of course, always applying law to fax to reach an equitable outcome. i have been a tenant in san francisco. i am also a property owner, as well as a landlord in san francisco. i believe i have the viewpoint from multiple perspectives that will enrich the decision making process that the board of appeals. thank you. supervisor kim: thank you. supervisor campos: thank you very much. i want to thank ms. hurtado for being here. i wanted to ask you something similar to what i asked ms. wu before, and that is the community perspective and as matters come before you, how you take that into account. i know that you have a long history of working in different
capacities in the community, and i just want to make sure that people who perhaps may not know that can here from you -- can hear from you directly on that. >> absolutely. as i said, i have worked and lived in the city and county of san francisco for close to 20 years now. and i have lived in many different neighborhoods. i currently reside in glen park. i have certainly experienced many, many different challenges in its living in a city such as ours. and i think that my dedication to public service stems from the belief that we should all feel that this is our city, that this is a place that belongs to everyone no matter who you are or what your income level is, what york races, with your sexuality is. that is my dedication to public service as an attorney, and i believe that is what i could bring to the board of appeals in
terms of hearing different perspectives and understanding the impact that decisions have on different groups of people and just trying to reach a fair outcome based on the facts and the law. and that is my interest in serving for the city and county in this capacity. supervisor campos: thank you. supervisor kim: just a follow-up on that question. keeping in mind that your decision making is based on the fact of the law, how do you incorporate neighborhood impact and concerns and also the fabric of the neighborhood into your decision making process when that is what you base your decision on? >> that is a good question. in the legal system, we do try to -- and as a lawyer, i can say that the goal is to place decision making on law, on the law. however, you have to temper that with the ability to hear people's perspectives. as a decision maker,